Problem is, there are so many different skis available online that you don’t even know where to begin. Glisshop made a quick guide to help you narrow your search and refine your needs.
The very first thing you want to define is the category of your skis, or their range of use. Generally speaking there are 4 main categories. Piste, freestyle, all-mountain, and freeride. There is a fifth one in which fall touring skis but these being very specific, we’ll focus on the 4 first ones designed for downhill skiers.
Piste skis are, as their name suggest, designed for skiing on piste only. They usually are the narrowest skis with a width ranging from 70 to 80mm under the foot. A narrower waist allows for faster edge to edge transfers and more precision throughout the turns. Piste-specific skis often feature a tip to tail camber providing stability, response and traction on groomed snow.